Honors Awarded to Doug Engelbart 0


2014. Internet Hall of Fame. Inducted posthumously by the Internet Society "for his seminal contributions to personal and collaborative computing, and participation in the early formation of the ARPAnet, precursor to the Internet." Engelbart, officially recognized as a Pioneer of the Internet, joins the ranks of notable individuals from around the world inducted for their significant contributions to the advancement of the global Internet. [details | press] 1a

2011. Honorary Doctorate Degree. Awarded by Yale University: "We touch your genius every day. As the inventor of the mouse, you put computing in our hands, [...] created ways for computers to work together, and augmented our capacity to explore the world's increasingly complex problems. [...] We celebrate your far-reaching contributions to our ways or working and thinking as we award you Yale's first Doctor of Engineering and Technology. [details | press] 1b

2010. 2010 Weatherford Award. "Honoring visionaries who further Oregon's pioneering spirit." Join business leaders from across the state for Oregon's premier celebration of lifelong entrepreneurship and innovation, February 17, 2010, presented by the Austin Entrepreneurship Program, Oregon State University Corvallis. [details | press release | press] 1c


2009. NMC Fellow Award. "The New Media Consortium's highest individual honor, is presented to recognize a person's lifetime achievement and extraordinary contributions to the field of new media." [details | press] 2a

2005. Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. "In recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community." The certificate, dated February 23, 2005, has the Seal of "Member of Congress, United States of America" and is signed by Michael M. Honda, Member of Congress. 2b

2005. Inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Council Hall of Fame. "Dr. Engelbart's extraordinary commitment to advanced computing revolutionized the way we communicate and collaborate, and paved the way for the digital age.... His life's work is an inspiration to engineers of the future." [details, press] 2c

2005. Norbert Wiener Award for Professional and Social Responsibility. "For being a pioneer of human-computer interface technology, inventor of the mouse, and social-impact visionary." Awarded by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), October 29, 2005. 2d

2005. CHM Fellow Award. By the Computer History Museum, Mt. View, CA "for advancing the study of human-computer interaction, for developing the mouse input device, and for the application of computers to improving organizational efficiency." October 18, 2005. [details, press, poster] 2e

2005. Library Named. International Business Technologies (IBtech; a subsidiary of Finansbank, Turkey) named their newly established library for Douglas C. Engelbart. October 2005. 2f

2002. ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award. By the ACM special interest group on human computer interaction "for Leadership in the Field of Computer Human Interaction." The award includes election into the CHI Academy of the ACM. 2g

2002. "Douglas C. Engelbart Day." Oregon State Governor John Kitzhaber proclaimed January 24, 2002 as "Douglas C. Engelbart Day" in honor of the OSU alumnus credited with inventing the computer mouse, e-mail, the concept of windows, hypertext, the pointer cursor, and numerous other inventions that have revolutionized the way people interact with computers. [press] 2h

2001. Industry Hall Of Fame. Awarded by CRN, in conjunction with the Computer History Museum of San Jose, CA for having "made significant contributions in developing, founding or advancing technology." Presented on November 12, 2001 at Comdex in Las Vegas, NV. [press 1, press 2] 2i

2001. Lovelace Medal. Awarded by The British Computer Society for having "made a contribution of major significance in the advancement of information systems or which adds significantly to the understanding of the development of Information Systems." Presented on October 25, 2001 in London, England. [details] 2j

2001. Douglas C. Engelbart Room. Cyberia Corporate Services named one of their training rooms in honor of Douglas C. Engelbart. 2k

2001. Webby Lifetime Achievement Award. The Webbys presented their first Lifetime Achievement Award to Doug for playing an integral role in the creative, technical, or professional progress of the Internet. The MC for this Special Award was Vint Cerf. [details | acceptance speech | press] 2l

2001. SCU Honorary Doctor of Science Award. From Santa Clara University "for your brilliant mind, for your fearless pursuit of innovation, and for the countless ways your creations have advanced this valley and the world." June 17, 2001. [press] 2m

2000. National Medal of Technology. Bestowed by U.S. President Clinton. Citation: "For creating the foundations of personal computing including continuous real-time interaction based on cathode-ray tube displays and the mouse, hypertext linking, text editing, on-line journals, shared-screen teleconferencing, and remote collaborative work. [story and photographs] 2n

2000. Inductee, The Computer Hall of Fame. Computer Museum of America, La Mesa, CANamed "one of the top computer industry innovators of all time" by voters on the Internet. [details] 2o

2000. Inductee, Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO!), Chicago, IL. November 4, 2000. 2p


1999. Software Visionary Award. Presented by the Software Development Forum "for helping to usher in an era of personal computing, office automation and global connectivity" on June 29, 1999 at its Second Annual Event. 3a

1999. IEEE John Von Neumann Medal Award. "For creating the foundations of real-time, interactive, personal computing including CRT displays, windows, the mouse, hypermedia linking and conferencing, and on-line journals." The award, sponsored by IBM Corporation, was presented at the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony on June 12, 1999 in London, England.3c

1999. NJIT Honorary Doctor of Science Degree. From the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) "in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the field of computing and the ways that new technologies can improve individual and organizational effectiveness." May 21, 1999.3d

1999. Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science. Presented "For visionary development of computer software and hardware that revolutionized human-computer interactions, as exemplified by his invention of "The Mouse". "Dr. Engelbart's seminal innovations initiated a truly fundamental change in computing that makes possible easy access to the power of computers for millions of individuals." The award was presented on April 29, 1999. in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in Philadelphia, PA. 3e

1999. Gibson Achievement Award. First recipient of SRI International's award which "recognizes outstanding contributions by an SRI employee that has had a noteworthy impact on improving the standard of living and on the peace and prosperity of society, and has added special luster to the reputation of SRI." The award, named after SRI inventor Weldon B. "Hoot" Gibson, was presented on March 2, 1999 at SRI's International Building Auditorium.3f

1998. Stanford Symposium celebrates Doug Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution. On December 9, 1998 an all-day symposium entitled "Engelbart's Unfinished Revolution" was held at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium to "celebrate the innovations of SRI alumnus and 'hero' of the revolution, Douglas Engelbart." 3g

1998. IEC Fellow Award. Presented by the International Engineering Consortium (IEC), Chicago, IL, "for the substantial contributions you have made to the Information Industry throughout your career." 3h

1998. Douglas Engelbart Scholarship Endowment Fund. Established by Oregon State University, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, to be awarded "for a junior or senior undergraduate with a high GPA in the professional program in ECE." 3i

1998. Inductee, OSU Engineering Hall of Fame. Oregon State award presented on October 18, 1998 at the Oregon State Alumni Center. 3j

1998. Ronald H. Brown American Innovators Award. Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Patent and Trademark Office at the awards ceremony held on October 14, 1998. at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. 3k

1998. CHI Lifetime Achievement Award. "For outstanding contributions to the study of human-computer interaction. This award recognizes the very best work in shaping the field. It is awarded for a lifetime of innovation and leadership and carries an honorarium of $5000." 3l

1998. Inductee, National Inventors Hall of Fame. The National Inventors Hall of Fame celebrates the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of great inventors on September 19, 1998 in Akron, Ohio. 3m

1998. George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award. Presented by the American Computer Museum in conjunction with the Computer Science Department of Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, in May 1998. 3n

1998. SIGCHI's First Award for Innovations in the field of Human-Computer Interactions. Awarded at CHI'98 by the SIGCHI Executive Committee, April 23, 1998. 3o

1997. ACM A.M. Turing Award. Presented May 10, 1998 during the ACM Awards Banquet, held in conjunction with ACM's Policy 98 Conference in Washington, DC. "for over 30 years of inspiring vision into the future of interactive and organizational computing and his invention and/or innovation of key technologies." 3p

1997. Lemelson-MIT Prize. Presented April 10 at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington DC, with a check for $500,000. This award is sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Awards Program "to provide positive role models for American youngsters, and celebrate excellence in creativity, invention and innovation ... Engelbart's contributions to the future of computing extend beyond his revolutionary innovations," said Lemelson. "His achievements signal the importance of vision and determination that will inspire future generations of innovators." 3q

1997. Inductee into the Discovery Online Hackers' Hall of Fame. 3r

1996. ASIS Special Award. Awarded by the American Society for Information Science "which confers recognition on special achievements during a career" at their annual awards banquet on October 23, 1996. 3s

1996. Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. Awarded on September 25, 1996 by the University of California, Berkeley, Engineering Alumni Society. This award "... honors Douglas C. Engelbart - who by his vision and invention has changed the way we work and create - has brought distinction to the College of Engineering and it's alumni." 3t

1996. Certificate of Merit. Awarded by The Franklin Institute, Committee on Science and the Arts, "for unique and critical contributions in the development of the computer for the modern world" Presented in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ENIAC Computer, Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 1996. 3u

1995. SoftQuad Web Award. Presented at the World Wide Web conference, Boston, MA, December 13, 1995. "Commemorating a lifetime of imagination and achievement and for his contribution to computing, communication, collaborative work and the foundations of the World Wide Web."3v

1995. Editors' Choice Award. Presented at the 10th Annual MacUser Awards Ceremony, San Francisco, CA, January 3. 3w

1994. Hypertext Douglas Engelbart Best Paper Award. Established by the ACM International Conference on Hypertext and Hypermedia as an award "for excellence in scholarship to be awarded to the authors of the best paper presented at the annual SIGLINK conference... in perpetuity." The award is named after Douglas C. Engelbart, "in recognition of his life's work and contributions to the field of hypertext and hypermedia". The award was announced at the 1994 European Conference on Hypertext (ECHT'94). The conference was later renamed SIGWEB for the ACM Special Interest Group on Hypertext and the Web. [Recipients 1996-Present] 3r

1994. Certificate of Appreciation from Smart Valley Inc. For "significant contribution toward furthering the goals of Smart Valley, Inc." 3x

1994. Price Waterhouse Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented at the Computerworld Smithsonian awards program in Washington, DC, on June 6th to recognize "outstanding dedication, courage and cooperative spirit" in the area of information technology. In conjunction with this award, the Smithsonian has recorded an oral history of/by Engelbart to be added to their permanent research collection, and to the special display set aside for these awards in the Smithsonian Exhibit on the Information Age. 3y

1992. IEEE Computer Pioneer Award. Presented by the IEEE Computer Society January 7, "as an acknowledgment of his seminal contributions in computer science, in particular those in the field of Human Computer Interaction. This award was established to recognize and honor the vision of outstanding individuals whose efforts have resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the electronic computer industry." [details | video] 3z

1992. Pioneer of the Electronic Frontier. Presented in Washington DC by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on March 19, naming Engelbart as "one of our era's true visionaries." 3aa

1991. Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by the Dominican College of San Rafael, CA, Oct. 18. 3ab

1991. Distinguished Alumnus Award. Presented by the UC Berkeley Computer Science and Engineering Department on May 25, "for Pioneering Contributions to the Conception and Design of Interactive Computer Systems." 3ac

1991. American Ingenuity Award. Presented March 14 at the National Association of Manufacturers' Congress of American Industry in Washington DC, with a trophy and medallion inducting him into the American Ingenuity Hall of Fame. This award is sponsored by Coors "to honor individuals who have forever changed the way we do business in the United States. This annual award recognizes individuals whose accomplishments are due largely to innovation and perseverance... who have had the courage to bring forth new ideas, but may have done so without widespread recognition." The panel of judges included a U.S. Senator and senior executives from industry. Recognition for this award was noted in the Congressional Record by Senator John Seymour on March 14 (Vol.137, No. 44, pp. S3453-4). 3ad

1990. ACM Software System Award. To Engelbart along with Bill English and Jeff Rulifson, two researchers from his historic SRI lab for their pioneering work on the early versions of the NLS system. Presented at the ACM computer conference in San Antonio, TX, March 5, 1991, as "a fitting recognition of the importance of this seminal work on interactive system design." 3ae

1990. Lifetime Achievement Award for Vision, Inspiration, and Contribution. Presented by the Electronic Networking Association in San Francisco, CA, May 1990. 3af


1989. Citation for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Contributions in His Field. Presented by the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at a National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri (also awarded to Robert Stempel, then president of GM). 4a

1987. Lifetime Achievement Award for Technical Excellence. Presented by PC Magazine at COMDEX in Las Vegas, NV, Nov. 1987, stating "Engelbart's contribution to personal computing is almost inestimable." 4b

1987. E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award. Presented by the Oregon State University Alumni Association on May 9, 1987 for "significantly contributing to society and whose accomplishments and career has brought credit to his alma mater." A room in the new Engineering Building was also named in his honor. [Press] 4c